Pentagon: Iranian Plane Pursued US Spy Drone

 

 

” An Iranian fighter jet approached a U.S. surveillance drone over the Gulf but broke off its pursuit after the pilot of a U.S. escort plane radioed a verbal warning, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said the incident occurred Tuesday and that the unarmed MQ-1 Predator surveillance drone as well as two U.S. military escort planes remained over international waters at all times.

Little said the drone was conducting a “routine classified” surveillance mission.”

He said the Iranian F-4 plane came as close as 16 miles (25 kilometers)to the drone before it departed.”